Georgia’s Wrongful Death Statute
You can find Georgia’s wrongful death statute in Title 51 of the Georgia Code. There are several important provisions you need to be aware of.
First, § 51-4-1 defines wrongful death as the death of a person resulting from crime, negligence, or defectively manufactured property. For example, if someone struck your loved one as he was crossing the street, then you might have a claim for wrongful death if the driver was negligent. Similarly, if your loved one was intentionally killed, you also have a case for wrongful death.
Second, § 51-4-2 identifies who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in court:
- The surviving spouse of the decedent
- If there is no surviving spouse, then the surviving children of the decedent
If a minor child is killed, then § 19-7-1 gives the parents the right to bring a wrongful death action. If they are married, they share this right jointly. If divorced, then each parent has an independent right to participate or decline to participate in the wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney in Newton County
MG Law has represented many grieving family members in wrongful death lawsuits. We understand how difficult this time is for everybody, including those with young children who have just lost a parent. Nevertheless, you need to act quickly to protect your rights.
If you hire us, we can swing into action and lift this burden from your shoulders. Our legal team is skilled at identifying the person or entity responsible for your loved one’s death and knows how to seek maximum compensation for your losses. Although no amount of money can ever replace a spouse, parent, or child, you need to hold the at-fault party accountable when their wrongful conduct leads to someone’s death.
Contact us today. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers in Newton County by calling 770-691-6019.